Christmas is Coming, 2016 .... Part Three

Hello lovely bloggers, 

I must say that I had the best Melbourne night last night. We do indeed live in the world's most liveable city.

First up, we attended  "The Age" newspaper's 2016 in review at The Peninsula at Docklands

We started with the yummiest canapes and delicious wine ...

And then the serious part of the evening began. It comprised a panel of some of Australia's most respected journalists reviewing the big stories of 2016.

It was a most interesting and enlightening evening.  When we came out, the night was still balmy and there was some great urban landscapes for me to take some pics of.

Then we trammed down to the Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer Christmas windows.

"Excited children and their parents lined up in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall to be among the first to get a glimpse of this year’s spectacular Christmas Windows, based on the new children’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’ by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.
The book tells the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda for a typical Australian BBQ. Bella and her grandfather head to Luna Park and she is given the choice of one ride so she chooses the magical carousel. She jumps on the horse and lets her imagination take hold as she daydreams about the ‘Majestic Horse’ taking her high above the clouds over Melbourne and being greeted by Santa’s sleigh and his reindeers. Once the ride ends, Bella’s dream fades back to reality and she heads home with her grandfather. When Bella wakes on Christmas Day, she is delighted to unwrap a rocking horse that her Grandfather hand-carved for her to resemble the ‘Majestic Horse’ she rode on the carousel.
This year’s theme features 3D adaptions of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sites including Luna Park, The Palais Theatre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Brought to life once again by the incredible John Kerr and the talented team at Stage ONE, this year’s windows feature over 10,000 festoon lights, 120 individual 55cm characters, 5,000 miniature figurines and took over 30 artisans 17,000 hours to create."
Oh, they were so wonderful!

Afterwards, we went for a bit of a walk and I couldn't resist taking some pictures of the yummy chocolates in the Haigh's window.

Hey, this is my 120th post for the year - so I have met one of my big goals for 2016 - Yay!

Have a great day everyone, 



Linda said…
What an awesome way to celebrate Christmas.

Barb said…
That is indeed a beautiful city. The windows were wonderful. That sounds like a great book for children. It is such fun to imagine Christmas being warm. I think I just might like that.
Carol said…
Everything looks lovely, Kaye! I sure hope to visit Melbourne some day :)
Anonymous said…
Hi Kaye what a magical night ,Thankyou for sharing,I am hoping to go with friends after Xmas to see Myers window xx
Bea said…
Sounds like a wonderful evening and those windows are incredible! I can't imagine a warm Christmas, but I think it would be fun to experience it.
Brigitte said…
From what I can see and read Melbourne might indeed be among the most livable cities :)))
Melbourne does sound like an amazing place to live. Lovely photos of all the displays too.
Margaret said…
Thanks for sharing all your pics. This is probably the only way I will ever see Melbourne, so I love it!
Tiffstitch said…
Wow! That sounds wonderful! And those displays are so gorgeous. That's a lovely story too.
Julie said…
What a post filled with delights, the book sounds so lovely. Great photographs you captured of your evening out, such an enjoyable read this post was.
Melinda Forbes said…
I love Christmas for you, is in the opposite season than I am use too. Great pictures.
Heather said…
Great post! The symposium sounds interesting

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